About the
Sanctuary

Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

A new and exciting chapter has begun for the iconic Macadamia Castle located in the Byron Bay Hinterland, with the recent purchase by not-for-profit owned organisation Wildlife Recovery Australia (WRA). WRA is a joint venture between Odonata Foundation and Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.

WRA has been working for some months on the smooth transition from the locally known and loved Macadamia Castle to The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. With the new leadership empowering and enabling all Australians to save wildlife, every dollar spent at the Sanctuary is reinvested in the conservation, rehabilitation, and future of Australian Wildlife through our not-for-profit shareholders Odonata Foundation and Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.

The developments planned are significant, taking place over the next 12 to 24 months. They include structural and aesthetic upgrades, as well as habitat advancements for resident wildlife.   During this time, the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary will remain open in its current form as an interactive wildlife park, café, gift shop experience, partnering with iconic brands such as Australian Geographic, with a focus on educational, locally produced, ethically sourced and sustainable offerings. 

The Sanctuary’s focus will shift towards a bio-park, with the priority to respect, protect and enjoy Australian Native Wildlife.

Australia’s largest Mobile Wildlife Hospital ‘Matilda’ is now settled into her new home on site at the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. Our expert veterinary team will continue to provide critical services to save and recover our local wildlife.

The Sanctuary offers educational and entertaining experiences for individuals, families, and groups from the local community as well as domestic and international visitors.  With the community’s ongoing support, the Sanctuary will continue to grow and improve as a fun and educational visitor experience with the welfare of wildlife as its highest priority.

The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

6 Acres of sanctuary providing Australian Wildlife interactions and education

Keeper talks and hands-on animal experiences daily

Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital’s mobile hospital, “Matilda”

Over 44 years serving the North Coast community

300,000 visitors annually

Over 200 products available in our gift store

Cafe serving freshly prepared local produce and barista coffee

BBQ facilities and food truck on site conference and special event facilities

18 Hole Mini Golf course

Water park & children’s play areas including treehouse playground

Our Vision

Our vision is to inspire people to live alongside wildlife.

Our purpose is to create an awareness of the importance of respecting our natural world together with the community, by offering experiences that enable visitors to leave feeling fulfilled, with a newfound understanding and enjoyment of what Australia’s natural flora and fauna has to offer.

 

With the mission to empower and enable all Australians to save wildlife, every dollar spent at the Sanctuary is reinvested in the conservation, rehabilitation, and future of Australian Wildlife through our not-for-profit shareholders Odonata Foundation and Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.

 

During the development, the Sanctuary’s focus will shift towards a bio-park, with the priority to respect, protect and enjoy Australian Native Wildlife. Our team works alongside partners to increase awareness and preservation of threatened and endangered species, with the primary objective to rescue, rehabilitate and release.

"Our vision is to develop the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary into a world class bio park with a focus on Australian Wildlife through conservation, education, indigenous engagement and ecotourism initiatives".
Stephen Van Mil - Director